Terry D. Etherton

Terry D. Etherton

  • Professor Emeritus of Animal Nutrition
342 Agricultural and Industries Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Ph.D., Animal Science, University of Minnesota, 1978
  • M.S., Animal Science, University of Illinois, 1974
  • B.S., Ag. Science, University of Illinois, 1971

Professional Experience

  • 1978-1979: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Medicine, Stanford University
  • 1979-1983: Assistant Professor of Animal Nutrition, Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Penn State University
  • 1983-1987: Associate Professor of Animal Nutrition, Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Penn State University
  • 1987-1996: Professor of Animal Nutrition, Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Penn State University
  • 1996-present: Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition, Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Penn State University
  • 1998-2012: Department Head, Department of Dairy and Animal Science, Penn State University
  • 2012-2020: Department Head, Department of Animal Science, Penn State University
  • 2020-present: Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition, Department of Animal Science, Penn State University

Teaching Experience

  • Animal Nutrition 501, Energy Metabolism (1979-1986)
  • Nutrition 501, Energy Metabolism (1987-1991)
  • Nutrition 581, Metabolic Regulation (1992-1998)
  • Animal Industries/ Animal Science 514, Animal Growth and Development (1980-1998)
  • Animal Science 300, Integrated Animal Biology(1990-1998; 2005, 2006)
  • Animal Science 110S, Contemporary Issues in Animal Biotechnology and Society (2011-present)

Graduate Programs

  • Member: Graduate programs in Animal Science and Nutritional Sciences

Membership in Professional Societies

Awards and Honors

  • 1984: Invited Visiting Fellow of The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinshaft (German Research Society) at the Univ. of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, F.R.G. June-July.
  • 1986: Recipient of the Northeast American Society of Animal Science/American Dairy Science Association Young Scientist Award.
  • 1988: Recipient of Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award of Merit, College of Agriculture, The Pennsylvania State University.
  • 1990: Recipient of Hoffmann-LaRoche Animal Growth and Development Research Award, American Society of Animal Science. Award recognizes distinguished research accomplishments in growth biology.
  • 1991: Recipient of The University Faculty Scholar Medal in Life and Health Sciences from Penn State University. The award is the highest honor given by Penn State to recognize excellence in research.
  • 1992: Wise and Helen Burroughs Lecturer, Iowa State University.
  • 1993: Mary Shorb Lecturer, The University of Maryland.
  • 1993: Recipient of Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research, College of Agricultural Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University.
  • 1996: Awarded title of Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University.
  • 2004: 87th Little International Dedicatee, Penn State Block and Bridle Club.
  • 2004: Service Award, Penn State Dairymen's Club.
  • 2008: Booster Award, Penn State Stockmen's Club.
  • 2016: Pennsylvania Distinguished Dairy Service Award, PA Dairymen's Association, Center for Dairy Excellence, and the Professional Dairy Managers of PA.

Professional Service

  • 1982-1984: Editorial Board, Journal of Animal Science.
  • 1984-1987: Section Editor, Growth and Development Biology, J. Animal Science.
  • 1986: Consultant to National Research Council Committee on Technological Options to Improve the Nutritional Attributes of Animal Products.
  • 1986-1987: Sabbatical leave, Children's Hospital/University of California-SanFrancisco. Studied regulation of insulin-like growth factor-I gene expression.
  • 1987-1988: Chairman, Biennial Growth Symposium Planning Committee, American Society of Animal Science.
  • 1988: Editor, Biennial Symposium IV on Current Concepts of Animal Growth, J. Anim. Sci. 66(Suppl. 3).
  • 1989-1990: Member, Office of Technology Animal Biotechnology Panel on "Emerging Agricultural Technology: Issues for the 1990's", Office of Technology Assessment, Congress of the United States.
  • 1989-1994: Chairman, Subcommittee on the Effect of Metabolism Modifiers on Nutrient Requirements of Food Producing Animals. National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences.
  • 1990-1992: Member, Editorial Board, Domestic Animal Endocrinology.
  • 1995-1998: Member, Editorial Board, American Journal of Physiology.
  • 1994-present: Member, Board of Scientific Advisors, American Council on Science and Health.
  • 1996-2008: Member, Expert Panel on Biotechnology, International Food Information Council.
  • 1998-2001: Member, Editorial Board, American Journal of Physiology.
  • 1998-2001: Board member, American Society of Animal Science.
  • 2001-2005: Co-Chair, Committee on Biotechnology, Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS)
  • 2002: Member, National Academy of Science Study on Health Effects of Genetically Engineered Foods
  • 2003-2004: President, American Society of Animal Science
  • 2005-2006: President, Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS)

Selected Publications

  • Donkin, S.S., A.D. McNall, B.S. Swenki, J.L. Peters and T.D. Etherton. 1996. The growth hormone-dependent decrease in hepatic fatty acid synthase mRNA is the result of a decrease in gene transcription. J. Mol. Endocrinol. 16:151-158.
  • Donkin, S.S., P. Y. Chiu, D. Yin, I. Louveau, B. Swenki, J. Vockroth, C.M. Evock-Clover, J.L. Peters and T. D. Etherton. 1996. Porcine somatotropin differentially down-regulates expression of the GLUT4 and fatty acid synthase genes in pig adipose tissue. J. Nutr. 126:2568-2577.
  • Mustad, V.A., J.L. Ellsworth, A.D. Cooper, P.M. Kris-Etherton and T.D. Etherton. 1996. Dietary linoleic acid increases and palmitic acid decreases hepatic LDL receptor protein and mRNA abundance in young pigs. J. Lipid Res. 37:2310-2323.
  • Mustad, V.A., T. D. Etherton, A. D. Cooper, A. Mastro, T. A. Pearson and P. M. Kris-Etherton. 1997. Reducing saturated fat intake is associated with increased levels of LDL receptors on mononuclear cells in healthy men and women. J. Lipid Res. 38:459-468.
  • Kris-Etherton, P.M., T.D. Etherton and S. Yu. 1997. Efficacy of multiple dietary therapies in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 65:560-561. (Editorial). Etherton, T.D. 1997. Growth hormone technology develops new twist. Nature Biotechnology 15:1248 (Invited Analysis).
  • Yin, D., S.D. Clarke, J. Peters and T.D. Etherton. 1998. Somatotropin-dependent decrease in fatty acid synthase mRNA abundance in 3T3-F442A adipocytes is the result of a reduction in gene transcription. Biochem. J. 331:815-820.
  • Etherton, T.D. and D.E. Bauman. 1998. Biology of somatotropin in growth and lactation of domestic animals. Physiol. Rev. 78:745-761.
  • Yu-Poth, S, G. Zhao, T. Etherton, M. Naglak, S. Jonnalagadda and P.M. Kris-Etherton. 1999. Effects of the National Cholesterol Education Program's Step I and Step II dietary intervention programs on cardiovascular disease risk factors: a meta-analysis. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 69:632-646.
  • Etherton, T.D. 1999. Emerging strategies for enhancing growth: Is there a biotechnology better than somatotropin? Domest. Anim. Endocrinol. 17:171-179.
  • Kris-Etherton, P.M., S. Yu-Poth, J. Sabate, H.E. Ratcliffe, G. Zhao and T.D. Etherton. 1999. Nuts and their bioactive constituents: effects on serum lipids and other factors that affect disease risk. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 70(3 Suppl):504S-511S.
  • Etherton, T.D. 1999. Effets de la somatotrophine sur les parameters zootechniques de croissance chez le porc (The effect of somatotropin on growth and composition of pigs). Le M¨¦decin V¨¦t¨¦rinaire du Qu¨¦bec. 29:77-80.
  • Kris-Etherton, P.M., T.A. Pearson, Y. Wan, R.L. Hargrove, K. Moriarty, V. Fishell V, and T.D. Etherton. 1999. High-monounsaturated fatty acid diets lower both plasma cholesterol and triacylglycerol concentrations. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 70:1009-1015.
  • Yu-Poth, S., T.D. Etherton, C.C. Reddy, T.A. Pearson, R. Reed, G. Zhao, S. Jonnalagadda, Y. Wan, and P.M. Kris-Etherton. 2000. Lowering dietary saturated fat and total fat reduces the oxidative susceptibility of LDL in healthy men and women. J. Nutr. 130:2228-2237.
  • Etherton, T.D. 2000 The biology of somatotropin in adipose tissue growth and nutrient partitioning. J. Nutr. 130:2623-2625.
  • Yin, D.J., M.J. Griffin and T.D. Etherton. 2001. Analysis of the signal pathways involved in the regulation of fatty acid synthase gene expression by insulin and somatotropin. J. Anim. Sci. 79:1194-1200.
  • Yin, D., S.D. Clarke and T.D. Etherton. 2001. Transcriptional regulation of fatty acid synthase gene by somatotropin in 3T3-F442A adipocytes. J. Anim. Sci. 79:2336-2345.
  • Kris-Etherton, P.M., A.E. Binkoski, G. Zhao, S.M. Coval, K.F. Clemmer, K.D. Hecker, H. Jacques and T.D. Etherton. 2002. Dietary fat: assessing the evidence in support of a moderate fat diet; the benchmark based on lipoprotein metabolism. Proc. Nutr. Soc. 61:287-298.
  • Kris-Etherton, P.M., T.D. Etherton, J. Carlson and C. Gardner. 2002. Recent discoveries in inclusive food-based approaches and dietary patterns for reduction in risk for cardiovascular disease. Curr. Opin. Lipidol. 2002 13:397-407.
  • Kris-Etherton, P.M., K.D. Hecker, A. Bonanome, S.M. Coval, A.E. Binkoski, K.F. Hilpert, A.E. Griel, and Etherton TD. 2002. Bioactive compounds in foods: their role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Am. J. Med. 113(Suppl 9B):71-88.
  • Etherton, T.D., D.E. Bauman, C.W. Beattie, R.D. Bremel, G.L. Cromwell, V. Kapur, G. Varner, M.B. Wheeler, and M. Wiedmann. 2003. Biotechnology in Animal Agriculture: An Overview. CAST (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology) Issue Paper, No. 23.
  • Kris-Etherton, P.M. and T.D. Etherton. 2003. The impact of the changing fatty acid profile of fats on diet assessment and health. J. Food Comp. Anal. 16:373-378.
  • Yu-Poth, S., D. Yin, G. Zhao, P.M. Kris-Etherton, and T.D. Etherton. 2004. Conjugated linoleic acid upregulates LDL receptor gene expression in HepG2 cells. J. Nutr. 134:68-71.
  • Etherton, T.D. 2004. Somatotropic function: The somatomedin hypothesis revisited. J. Anim. Sci. 82(E. Suppl.):E239-E244.
  • Kris-Etherton, P.M., M. Lefevre, G.R. Beecher, M.D. Gross, C.L. Keen, and T.D. Etherton. 2004. Bioactive compounds in nutrition and health-research methodologies for establishing biological function: The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of flavonoids on atherosclerosis. Annu. Rev. Nutr. 24:511-538.
  • Zhao G., T.D. Etherton, K.R. Martin, S.G. West, P.J. Gillies, and P.M. Kris-Etherton. 2004. Dietary ¦Á-linolenic acid reduces inflammatory and lipid cardiovascular risk factors in hypercholesterolemic men and women. J. Nutr. 134:2291-2297.
  • Yu-Poth S., D. Yin, P.M. Kris-Etherton, G. Zhao, and T.D. Etherton. 2005. Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid expression in fibroblasts and HepG2 cells. J. Nutr. 135:2541-2545.
  • Zhao G., T.D. Etherton, K.R. Martin, J.P. Vanden Heuvel, P.J. Gillies, S.G. West, and P.M. Kris-Etherton. 2005. Anti-inflammatory effects of polyunsaturated fatty acids in THP-1 cells. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 336:909-917.
  • Kris-Etherton, P.M., A.E. Griel, T.L. Psota, S.K. Gebauer, J. Zhang, T.D. Etherton. 2005. Dietary stearic acid and risk of cardiovascular disease: intake, sources, digestion, and absorption. Lipids 40:1193-1200.
  • Zhao, G., T.D. Etherton, K.R. Martin, P.J. Gillies, S.G. West, and P.M. Kris-Etherton. 2007. Dietary alpha-linolenic acid inhibits proinflammatory cytokine production by peripheral blood mononuclear cells in hypercholesterolemic subjects. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 85:385-391.
  • Vicini, J., T. Etherton, P. Kris-Etherton, J. Ballam, S. Denham, R. Staub, D.
    Goldstein, R. Cady, M. McGrath, and M. Lucy.  2008.  Survey of retail milk composition as affected by label claims regarding farm-management practices.  J. Am. Diet. Assoc. 108:1198-1203.
  • Etherton, T.D.  2009.  ASAS Centennial Paper:  Animal growth and development research: Historical perspectives.  J. Anim. Sci. 87:3060-3064.
  • Kris-Etherton, P.M., J.A. Grieger, and T.d. Etherton.  2009.  Dietary reference intakes for DHA and EPA.  Prostaglandins Leukot. Essent. Fatty Acids.  81:99-104.
  • Zhao, G. E.S. Ford, C. Li, P.M. Kris-Etherton, T.D. Etherton, and L.S. Balluz.  2010.  Independent associations of serum concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and parathyroid hormone with blood pressure among U.S. adults.  J. Hypertens. 28:1821-1828.